Patrick Irwin to star in Victorian detective drama ‘Fitz & Merryweather’

“The Fall” executive producer Patrick Irwin (pictured above) has put together a new project, the Victorian police drama “Fitz & Merryweather.”

Boosting global sales, Abacus Media Rights launches at Content London later this month.

“Fitz & Merryweather” was created by “Shameless” writer Ben Edwards and “Grantchester” writer Rachel New, who also worked together on the PBS/Masterpiece series “Miss Scarlet and The Duke.”

Upbeat crime drama series Fitz & Merryweather is set against the backdrop of ever-changing mid-19th century London, where heroic detectives investigate murder, robbery, extortion and missing persons, the tagline reads.

Exec Patty Lenahan Ishimoto is also producing “Clean Sweep”. Irwin and Linehan Ishimoto EXC also produced “Miss Scarlett and the Duke”.

Although Victorian London has not traditionally been represented as diverse, the reality is that it was a time of great social change, as people from all over the world arrived to seek their fortunes in the Big Smoke.

Many of them were also vulnerable, especially to the city’s experienced criminals. But with the police uninterested and lawyers unable to afford it, they have no one to turn to — except for mismatched detective duo Fitz and Meriweather. Fitz is a “private detective from low-rent Ireland” while Trinidadian Merryweather becomes involved in a love triangle with a woman on the run – and a bounty on her head. They work together to help those in need.

“We are thrilled to be on board with this exciting project at the outset, and we can’t wait to see more international partners join us on what we expect to be an amazing journey,” said Jonathan Ford, managing director of Abacus Media Rights. “Having co-showrunners with Ben and Rachel’s experience and passion combined with their impressive in-depth knowledge of the era means that ‘Fitz & Merryweather’ will be an amazing dramatic franchise to be a part of from the start.”

Ben Edwards and Rachel New added: “We want to tell stories about a side of Victorian life that you don’t often see on screen. The one who represents every race, color and creed. Stories about newcomers coming to London from all over the world, strangers who have no one to turn to when find themselves in trouble.”

They continued, “Our mission is to create a compelling and entertaining series that reflects the many aspects of Victorian society that are still relevant today.” “We will be working with a team of diverse writers from multiple backgrounds, people with unique personal perspectives on their family history. Our goal is to recreate what it was like arriving in a new country as an immigrant in an era that saw extreme poverty alongside amazing advances in inventions, industry, and medicine.”

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